Once I “feel” that an album is done, I sometimes tend to rush through the mastering phase because I’m ready to just have it over with and move on with my life. I was in the middle of struggling through a new recording tonight that was coming out like crap, and suddenly I felt it. The album was done.
I had met my criteria, after all. I had 14 tracks ready. 15, once I split the first one in two as I had been planning. In total, everything clocked in at 47 minutes. Well beyond the minimal requirements to pass muster as an RPM album.
And so, with that, I decided to move into the next phase of the process: mastering. I was done with all of that in less than an hour. Yes, I work fast. It may not be the final master, but I want to have tracks with the proper compression and normalization applied when I’m listening to decide if it’s really done or not.
Then I had to figure out what to call all of these tracks. Up until now I had just been numbering them based on the order in which I started them. Fortunately I had made note of some possible song titles, and I ended up being able to give each a tentative title and work out the track order.
So, I’ve got cover art, mastered tracks, titles and a sequence. Kind of looks like I’m done. And I also did one more thing I’ve never bothered with before: I made a spreadsheet of all of the tracks and which iPhone apps I used on each, just so I could keep everything straight. Here it is:
|Track||Working Title||Final Title||Apps Used|
|1||12||Also Sprach Moog||Animoog (x3)|
|2||4||(Does the World Really Need) More Music (?)||Xenon|
|3||9||In But Not Of||Air (x5)|
|4||13.2||Pocket Symphony (Mvt. 2)||Beatwave|
|6||1||Emphatic Saturation||Animoog (x7), FunkBox|
|7||13.3||Pocket Symphony (Mvt. 3)||Beatwave|
|9||10||The Last Day on Earth||Xenon, Argon (x2), Alchemy (x2), FunkBox, SoundPrism|
|10||14||(Already) Too Much Music (Already)||TNR-i (x2)|
|11||11||Successive Failure||GarageBand (x5), FunkBox, Alchemy, Animoog|
|12||13.1||Pocket Symphony (Mvt. 1)||Beatwave|
|13||3||December 22, 2012||Alchemy (x2), SoundPrism (x2), FunkBox (x3), BeatMaker (x2), Argon (x6), Bebot, GarageBand (x2)|
|14||5||A Certain Sameness||Bloom (x3)|
|15||13.4||Pocket Symphony (Mvt. 4)||Beatwave|
Yes, there’s a vaguely apocalyptic theme to the titles and, to a lesser extent, the music itself. I don’t believe the world is going to end this year, nor do I believe the Mayans believed that, but it makes for good thematic material.